July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Jackie Merrill “Jack” Connolly,
Jack Connolly, age 72, of Kingscreek passed away July 18, 2008 in Mercy Memorial Hospital, Urbana.
Born February 3, 1936 in Champaign County Hospital in Urbana, the son of the late Merrill & Faye (Kieffer) Connolly.
Jack grew up on his family farm where he enjoyed his youth farming. A 1954 graduate of Salem Local High School, where he excelled in both baseball and basketball. In his early days, he owned and trained standard bred horses for harness racing at Scioto Downs and Lebanon, Ohio. Jack also played softball for “Howard’s Supply” during the late 50’s and early 60’s in the height of softball rivalry in the Urbana Men’s League. For many years he coached boys youth baseball teams in Kingscreek.
A huge sports enthusiast, he especially loved the Ohio State Buckeye’s, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns. He found any sport endearing that his children or grandchildren participated in.
Jack retired from Navistar after 33 ½ years of service and spent his leisure time enjoying the garden in his back yard. Jack also served his country from 1955-1957 in the Army. One of Jack’s greatest loves in life was his grandchildren.
Family includes his wife Linda L. (Magly) Connolly whom he married on September 27, 1958, which would have been their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Children Vicki Moore of Urbana
Greg (Shauna) Connolly of St. Paris
Melissa Spires of Milford Center
Brian “Barney” (Loretta) Connolly of Urbana
Grandchildren Jessica Moore of Urbana,
Kelsie Connolly of Chillicothe
Eli, Zac Spires of Milford Center
Jacqueline, Katelynn, Elizabeth Connolly of St Paris
Danyelle Fannin of St. Paris
Josh Spires of Marysville
Robert (Leigh Anne) Trainer of Northridge
Brian Trainer of Urbana
Great Grandchildren Chloe & Collin Tobias, Aiden Wagner all of Urbana,
Lexee & Breanna Trainer of Northridge, Paige Trainer of Xenia
Sisters Jayne (David) Kauffman of Cable
Joan Hess of Cable
Janet Wallace of West Liberty
Joyce Bailey of Springfield
Numerous Nieces and Nephews.
Preceded in Death by parents,
Mother and Father-in-law, Herb & Donna Magly
granddaughter, Danielle Connolly in 1998,
Brothers, Jim Connolly in 1965
Jerry Connolly in 2004
Son-in-law, Michael Spires in 2004
A gathering of family and friends will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2008 in the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 in the funeral home with Pastor David VanHoose officiating. Burial will follow in the Kingscreek Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Jack’s memory to the American Cancer Society or Community Mercy Hospice.